Every year at this time I begin planning my birthday trip. It is the perfect time for a getaway and a special way for me to celebrate the occasion. The tradition began many, many years ago when I decided to go to Mexico for my birthday.
It was the first trip I had ever taken out of the country and what a grand adventure that was. I spoke very little Spanish, I did not know or understand customs, foreign currency exchange or very much about getting around in a strange place. I was terrified and exhilarated all at the same time.
I began by purchasing a holiday package that included most of my arrangements and that helped a great deal. I found when I arrived that although most of the basics were covered, I still had to manage quite a bit on my own. What I discovered was that it was so much fun and easier than I expected.
I met so many wonderful people both locals and other tourists, ate incredible food, had fantastic excursions and even had a little holiday romance, it was truly enchanting.
Ever since then it has been an annual event and even though this year may be a bit different, I can't wait to see what fantastic journey awaits!